Russian Journal of Biological Invasions

, Volume 9, Issue 4, pp 355–365 | Cite as

Oriental Ambrosia Beetles (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae): New Inhabitants of Primorsky Krai in Russia

  • M. Yu. MandelshtamEmail author
  • E. A. YakushkinEmail author
  • A. V. PetrovEmail author


Cnestus mutilatus (Blandford, 1894) and Microperus quercicola (Eggers, 1926) are recorded in Russia for the first time. These beetles were collected near the city of Partizansk (Primorsky krai) on native tree species by E.A. Yakushkin in 2017. Along with these ambrosia beetles, we recorded Xylosandrus germanus (Blandford, 1894), which recently emerged in the region, and Cyclorhipidion pelliculosum (Eichhoff, 1878), Xyleborus seriatus Blandford, 1894, and Anisandrus maiche (Kurentsov, 1941), which are known from the Far East of Russia. Since all these Xyleborini beetles are known to be polyphagous, can produce males by parthenogenesis, and are easily transported with wood, their potential for invasion in the European part of Russia is high. Photographs and ink drawing of ambrosia beetles are given.


Coleoptera Curculionidae Scolytinae Xyleborini ambrosia beetles invasion first record Primorsky krai 



The study was supported by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research, grant no. 17-04-00360. We are grateful to B.A. Anokhin (Zoological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences) for photographing beetles and P.V. Gordienko for determining wood-destroying fungi that accompany ambrosia beetles.


Conflict of interests. The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Statement on the welfare of animals. All applicable international, national, and/or institutional guidelines for the care and use of animals were followed.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Bioinformatics and Genome Research, St. Petersburg State Forest Technical UniversitySt. PetersburgRussia
  2. 2.MoscowRussia
  3. 3.Institute of Forest Science, Russian Academy of SciencesUspenskoeRussia

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